Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the city/school your communication board is in? I am an SLP based in the Adirondacks of New York State. I have been an SLP for 25 (plus) years and continue to have a passion for improving the communication skills of children. Working in many settings with all
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Welcome to the home of inclusive play with our playground communication boards, expertly designed by speech pathologists to bridge the communication gap for children of all abilities. Available in multiple languages and fully customizable, our playground communication boards are the go-to solution for enhancing communication and interaction in any recreational space.
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What are Communication Boards?
A communication board is a composition of images specifically selected to support communication by pointing to or touching one or multiple images.
Children with limited verbal communication, such as Autistic children or children with multiple disabilities, can communicate with their caregivers and other children through the use of these boards.
There are a lot of steps involved in creating a communication board: Selecting vocabulary, getting copyright permission from symbol libraries, color coding by parts of speech, hiring a designer, researching printing companies.
How we can help
Smarty Symbols has streamlined the process to make spaces more inclusive. We have designed a collection of communication boards, taking into consideration the vocabulary for each location. They are not only beautifully designed, but designed by a team of speech-language pathologist with expertise in communication boards.
Once you purchase our boards, we will customize them, manufacture, ship them to you and support with appropriate installation information and requirements.
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Benefits of Public Display Communication Boards
Inclusion: Children can use the communication board to interact with play areas and to communicate and connect with other children on the playground.
Communication: Children can communicate with their caregivers and peers through the use of picture symbols.
Awareness: Some of our boards include language to promote public awareness of speech-language evaluations and services, and special education services.
Learning: Like most other accessibility designs, communication boards will also facilitate young children’s learning of new vocabulary and reading.
Personalized Communication Boards
At Smarty Symbols, we understand that each community is unique, and one size does not fit all when it comes to communication boards. That’s why we take a personalized approach to design solutions that cater to the specific needs and preferences of each location.
Our team of experienced professionals collaborates closely with clients to create communication boards that accurately reflect the characteristics and preferences of their community. We recognize the significance of local culture and values and incorporate relevant visuals, core vocabulary, and location-based icons to resonate with the users.
By focusing on personalized solutions, we ensure that each communication board is a reflection of the community it serves. Through collaborative efforts and tailored designs, we strive to make a significant impact in promoting inclusion and enhancing social interaction within these spaces.
“Empowering inclusive and connected communities, our personalized communication board solutions break barriers and promote social cohesion, ensuring that individuals of all abilities can communicate, play, and thrive in public spaces designed with their unique needs in mind.”
Copyright Considerations in Making a Communication Board Strolling through a park you see a beautiful Communication Board, and two kids interacting with it together that may have otherwise not had an easy way to do so. You may think to yourself, “Hey I could make one myself!” After all, it would be great PR for your city
How to Foster Inclusive Playground Conversations: Introducing the Social Communication Portable A-Frame Sign
Think of the child who is often sitting alone during recess on a bench. It can be the same child or maybe you have a rotation of multiple students who at any given day might feel alone in the playground. This often happens with children labeled as “shy” or a “loner”. This often also happens with Autistic, introverted,
Download Our Free Guides to Communication Implementation in Public Spaces
Download our comprehensive resource to guide park officials and decision-makers in incorporating communication boards into their city budgets. Share this invaluable guide with your city officials and take a step towards creating more inclusive and accessible public spaces. Together, let’s make a positive impact on our communities!
Imagine allowing library patrons, regardless of their ability to communicate, the ability to use speech. If you are interested in making your library more inclusive for all learners, download this free guide for communication in public and school libraries.